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Sun newspapers Tue 24 May 2016



Sun newspapers Tue 24 May 2016


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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin Region

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News V1 - NTNE01Z01DS SUN NEWSPAPERS, Tuesday, May 24, 2016 09 ment, media and more. The growing number of graduates follows an ongoing upward trend for the organisation, with 288 graduates in 2015 and 239 in 2014. Members in this years graduating class come from 105 communities across Aus tralia. Batchelor Institute CEO Robert Somerville said it was great to recognise the successes of the graduates, but also important to acknowledge that this is a part of a larger journey. Batchelor Institutes role is to provide that important bridge that opens opportunities, he said. Currently many Aboriginal people who hold leadership positions across a raft of organisations started their journey at Batchelor. The 2016 class of graduates are our next generation of Territory and national leaders. Rural jobs fears still remain THE failure of the federal government to axe the proposed backpacker tax has sparked concern with rural NT leaders. The proposed tax, if legislated, would see working travellers slugged with extra taxes on visas that allow them to work in Australia. Last week, during a trip to the Top End, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced that any decision on whether such a tax would be implemented would not be made until after the federal election on July 2. Rural leaders welcomed the move, but said it brought no extra certainty for the regions agriculture and horticulture industries. Independent member for Nelson Gerry Wood said all we have now is more uncertainty. The federal government needs to scrap the review and scrap the tax, and show that it understands the plight of industries, many that operate from the Darwin rural area, that rely on backpackers in the NT, Mr Wood said. NT Farmers CEO Shenal Basnayake said the delay was only the start of a journey that needed to address workforce issues in the farming sector. He said the announcement still didnt bring about any certainty for growers in the NT. President of NT Farmers Simon Smith went as far as to call the delay a political stunt on ABC News. Member for Solomon Natasha Griggs said the issue had been shelved. The Government recognises that working holiday makers are an important source of labour in our community and the review ensures these key industry sectors in the Territory will continue to operate at capacity, she said. The so-called shelving of the tax, which could have been rolled out in July, will allow time for a review, which will include consultation with stakeholders, Mrs Griggs said. A report is expected by October. Batchelor Institute lecturer Pornthip Moulding and Bachelor of Teaching graduate Alison Wunungmurra from Gapuwiyak Caps off to that BATCHELOR Institute will celebrate a record number of indigenous graduates this year at a ceremony on June 2. It will celebrate the achievements of 360 graduates across 34 qualifications in varying disciplines, including health care, conservation, land manage